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The Noon Number: On the Road Again

A look at how this road trip provides a slumping team the perfect chance for a reset

Washington Capitals v Ottawa Senators Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

3.70 - The Capitals’ goals-per-game rate on the road this season, tops in the NHL. The Caps are one of three teams to have crossed the 100-goal threshold away from home, joining Toronto (103) and Nashville (100) while having played fewer road games than either team.

Playing outside of DC has been one of the team’s strengths in general for most of the season. No one has more road wins (23) or a better points-percentage (.759) than the Caps, and the power play has clicked on a more regular basis with a respectable 22.5% (6th-best).

Unsurprisingly, team success on the road has translated to (or been driven by) individual success on the road. John Carlson is third in the League in points with 37, and shares the lead in assists with 27; Alex Ovechkin’s 23 road goals are five better than second-place Sebastian Aho (and would still put him among the top 20 goal-scorers overall). Ilya Samsonov is the only goalie in the League to have no losses in regulation or overtime on the road (min. 2 GP).

Even in this recent slump, the road trip has served as something of a silver lining. In the midst of a mediocre stretch that’s seen them go 9-6-0 since the start of 2020, they are 4-1-0 on the road with an explosive 4.20 goals-per-game combined with a solid 3.00 goals-against.